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Monday, December 15, 2014

The IRS Scandal, Day 585

IRS Logo 2San Diego Union-Tribune:  Is AG Ignoring Lessons From IRS Scandal?:

A Virginia-based conservative group filed a federal First Amendment lawsuit this week accusing California Attorney General Kamala Harris of engaging in the kind of activity that was the subject of the recent scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service. Are state officials trying to chill the speech of conservative nonprofits?

“Not only did IRS employees improperly target groups based on politics, but they also improperly demanded a host of details about the groups’ activities, according to a report on the abuses by a Treasury Department inspector general,” according to a Washington Post report about the federal scandal. The IRS even demanded information about some of these groups’ smallest donors.

Now the Americans for Prosperity Foundation is saying the state of California is improperly demanding information about its donors – and is threatening unusually harsh penalties if the group doesn’t comply. One other conservative group has filed a separate lawsuit against the attorney general, which is now in the Ninth Circuit. ...

Harris has long been touted as a rising national political star. If so, then she ought to learn some lessons from a scandal that gave the IRS such a black eye.

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December 15, 2014 in IRS News, IRS Scandal, Law Firm Tax Rankings, Tax | Permalink | Comments (3)

Monday, July 15, 2013

2014 Vault Law Firm Tax Rankings

Vault 100 LogoVault has released its annual ranking of the Top 100 Law Firms, based on prestige as voted on by associates (methodology here). The Top Tax Practices are:

Rank

Firm

Home City

% Vote

1

Skadden

New York

41.80%

2

Cleary Gottleib

New York

25.13%

3

Davis Polk

New York

23.81%

4

Cravath

New York

20.90%

5

Wachtell

New York

19.58%

6

Sullivan & Cromwell

New York

17.99%

7

Baker & McKenzie

Chicago

15.34%

8

McDermott, Will & Emery

Chicago

15.08%

9

Caplin & Drysdale

D.C.

  8.99%

10

Weil Gotchal & Manges

New York

  8.73%

11

Mayer Brown

Chicago

  8.47%

12

Bingham McCutchen

Boston

  7.67%

13

Kirkland & Ellis

Chicago

  6.97%

14

Miller & Chevalier

D.C.

  6.88%

15

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

New York

  6.35%

For the fifth year in a row, Skadden is #1 and New York City tax firms take up the Top 6 slots. The city rankings are:

  1. New York (8)
  2. Chicago (4)
  3. D.C. (2)
  4. Boston (1)

For prior years' Vault Law Firm Tax Rankings, see:

July 15, 2013 in Law Firm Tax Rankings, Tax | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, June 29, 2012

2013 Vault Law Firm Tax Rankings

Vault Logo Vault has released its annual ranking of the Top 100 Law Firms, based on prestige as voted on by associates (methodology here). The Top Tax Practices are:

Rank

Firm

Home City

% Vote

1

Skadden

New York

42.04%

2

Davis Polk

New York

23.13%

3

Cleary Gottleib

New York

22.89%

4

Sullivan & Cromwell

New York

21.89%

5

Cravath

New York

19.40%

6

Wachtell

New York

16.17%

7

Baker & McKenzie

Chicago

15.17%

8

McDermott, Will & Emery

Chicago

12.94%

9

Simpson, Thacher & Bertlett

New York

10.45%

9

Caplin & Drysdale

D.C.

10.45%

11

Weil Gotchal & Manges

New York

  9.95%

12

Kirkland & Ellis

Chicago

  9.70%

13

Latham & Watkins

New York

  6.97%

14

Mayer Brown

Chicago

  6.72%

15

Bingham McCutchen

Boston

  5.22%

15

Sutherland Asbill

D.C.

  5.22%

17

Jones Day

D.C.

  4.98%

For the fourth year in a row, Skadden is #1 and New York City tax firms take up the Top 6 slots. The city rankings are:

  1. New York (9)
  2. Chicago (4)
  3. D.C. (3)
  4. Boston (1)

For prior years' Vault Law Firm Tax Rankings, see:

June 29, 2012 in Law Firm Tax Rankings, Tax | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Law Firm Tax Rankings: Skadden Is #1

Here are the Top Law Firm Tax Rankings, which give equal weight to the Chambers (based on interviews with lawyers and clients) and Vault (based on surveys of associates at the Top 165 law firms) law firm tax rankings:

Rank

Firm

Chambers

Vault

1

Skadden

1

1

2

McDermott Will & Emery

5

7

3

Baker & McKenzie

5

8

Cleary Gottleib

11

2

5

Davis Polk

11

3

6

Sullivan & Cromwell

11

4

7

Wachtell, Lipton

11

6

8

Cravath

15

5

9

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

15

9

10

Kirkland & Ellis

15

10

11

Bingham McCutchen

2

Latham & Watkins

2

Mayer Brown

2

14

Dewey & LeBoeuf

7

15

Fulbright & Jaworski

8

16

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

8

Steptoe & Johnson

8

18

Debevoise & Plimpton

15

Weil, Gotchal & Manges

15

Miller & Chevalier

15

21

Baker & Botts

21

Cadwalader

21

Caplin & Drysdale

21

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka

21

Paul, Weiss

21

Ropes & Gray

21

Shearman & Sterling

21

Sidley Austin

21

29

Alston & Baird

29

Dechert

29

Fenwick & West

29

Gibson, Dunn

29

Irell & Manella

29

Ivins, Phillips & Barker

29

King & Spalding

29

O’Melveny & Myers

29

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

29

Pillsbury

29

Roberts & Holland

29

Vinson & Elkins

29

White & Case

29

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


August 12, 2010 in Law Firm Tax Rankings, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Vault Law Firm Tax Rankings

Vault Logo Vault has released its annual ranking of the Top 100 Law Firms, based on prestige as voted on by associates.  The Top Tax Practices, based on this methodology, are:

Rank

Firm

Home City

% Vote

1

Skadden

New York

38.58%

2

Cleary Gottleib

New York

27.03%

3

Davis Polk

New York

21.52%

4

Sullivan & Cromwell

New York

19.95%

5

Cravath

New York

18.11%

6

Wachtell

New York

17.85%

7

McDermott, Will & Emery

Chicago

13.12%

8

Baker & McKenzie

Chicago

12.07%

9

Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett

New York

11.81%

10

Kirkland & Ellis

Chicago

11.55%

August 3, 2010 in Law Firm Tax Rankings, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Law Firm Tax Rankings: Skadden Is #1

Chambers This week, I have blogged the separate law firm tax rankings in the corporate tax and tax controversy areas developed by Chambers as part of its rankings of the top U.S. law firms by various specialities.  The rankings are based on 30-minute interviews with lawyers and clients (greater weight is given to the views of clients) (methodology).

There are 41 law firms ranked in the two tax categories, grouped in four bands.  Here is a ranking of the law firms that combines the two tax rankings, beginning with the ten firms that are listed in both rankings:

Rank

Firm

Corporate Tax

Tax Controversy

1

Skadden

1

1

2

Bingham McCutchen

3

1

Latham & Watkins

2

2

Mayer Brown

3

1

5

Baker & McKenzie

3

2

McDermott Will & Emery

3

2

7

Dewey & LeBoeuf

3

3

8

Fulbright & Jaworski

4

3

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

4

3

Steptoe & Johnson

4

4

11

Cleary Gottleib

1

Davis Polk

1

Sullivan & Cromwell

1

Wachtell, Lipton

1

15

Cravath

2

Debevoise & Plimpton

2

Kirkland & Ellis

2

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

2

Weil, Gotchal & Manges

2

Miller & Chevalier

2

21

Baker & Botts

3

Cadwalader

3

Caplin & Drysdale

3

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka

3

Paul, Weiss

3

Ropes & Gray

3

Shearman & Sterling

3

Sidley Austin

3

29

Alston & Baird

4

Dechert

4

Fenwick & West

4

Gibson, Dunn

4

Irell & Manella

4

Ivins, Phillips & Barker

4

King & Spalding

4

O’Melveny & Myers

4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

4

Pillsbury

4

Roberts & Holland

4

Vinson & Elkins

4

White & Case

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July 15, 2010 in Law Firm Tax Rankings, Tax | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Law Firm Tax Controversy Rankings

Chambers Chambers has updated its rankings of the top U.S. law firms by various specialities.  The rankings are based on 30-minute interviews with lawyers and clients (greater weight is given to the views of clients) (methodology). Here are the top Top 17 U.S. law firms in the area of Tax Controversy, grouped in four bands:

Band #1:

  • Bingham McCutchen
  • Mayer Brown
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Band #2:

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Latham & Watkins
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Miller & Chevalier

Band #3:

  • Caplin & Drysdale
  • Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin
  • Dewey & LeBoeuf
  • Fulbright & Jaworski
  • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

Band #4:

  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
  • Roberts & Holland
  • Steptoe & Johnson
  • White & Case

July 14, 2010 in Law Firm Tax Rankings, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Law Firm Corporate Tax Rankings

Chambers Chambers has updated its rankings of the top U.S. law firms by various specialities.  The rankings are based on 30-minute interviews with lawyers and clients (greater weight is given to the views of clients) (methodology). Here are the top Top 35 U.S. law firms in the area of Tax: Corporate and Finance, grouped in four bands:

Band #1:

  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Band #2:

  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Band #3:

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Baker Botts
  • Bingham McCutchen
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
  • Dewey & LeBoeuf
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
  • Mayer Brown
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
  • Ropes & Gray
  • Shearman & Sterling
  • Sidley Austin

Band #4:

  • Alston & Bird
  • Dechert
  • Fenwick & West
  • Fulbright & Jaworski
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • Irell & Manella
  • Ivins, Phillips & Barker
  • King & Spalding
  • O'Melveny & Myers
  • Steptoe & Johnson
  • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan
  • Vinson & Elkins

July 13, 2010 in Law Firm Tax Rankings, Tax | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)